USECARE AAL – Use Cases for Informal Care
Information and communication technology (ICT-)based interventions are considered useful for chronic disease management as they reach out to large numbers of individuals at relatively low cost and may provide benefits for community-dwelling older adults and informal caregivers. In Switzerland, SENACA (SENior health ACAdemy) has been developed by the European Medical Network EMN. SENACA is a structured self-management support system with several interacting components, combining tele-monitoring devices and a solution for personalised health plans. This online support system’s usability, the behaviour change techniques it builds on, modes of delivery and its effects on health-related behaviour, clinical and Quality-of-Life outcomes will be established in a larger group of end-users. Testing the usability of SENACA and practical effectiveness of this intervention is the goal of this multi-national EU-funded ambient assisted living (AAL) project USECARE. SENACA will be implemented in three countries (Israel, Norway and Switzerland) via field test with community-dwelling older adults living with chronic conditions (i.e. diabetes, COPD, chronic heart failure) and their informal caregivers.
All of the results combined will provide an insight into the end-user experience, usage pattern, usability perception and potential added value of the enhanced SENACA prototype for chronic disease management in the participating countries.
Institute of Nursing Science INS, University of Basel, Bernoullistrasse 28, CH-4056 Basel
Careum Research, Pestalozzistrasse 3, CH-8032 Zurich
Institute of Nursing Sciences INS: Sabina de Geest PhD RN (Co-Investigator), Mette Langeland Iversen M.Sc. PhD Student
Careum Research: Dr. Jörg Haslbeck (Principal Investigator), Urs A. Fichtner M.Sc. (Research Associate), Sylvie Zanoni M.A. (Research Associate)
Consortium of partners
Assuta Medical Center, Tel Aviv
Open Evidence, Barcelona
Soluciones Tecnológicas para la Salud y el Bienestar TSB, Valencia
Institute for Health and Consumer Protection IHCP, Ispra
Active and Assisted Living Research and Development Programme, European Union
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, Einsteinstrasse 2, CH-3003 Bern